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Tuesday, March 28, 2006

How To Shorten The Hem Of Cuffed Pants

Hi Sewing Friends on my Sewing Blog:

I've had a few requests for a sewing technique on how to shorten the hem of cuffed pants. So, here is a recent article I wrote on hemming cuffed pants.

So many of you need to do this. It gets costly sending your pants to the tailor all the time. You can do it. It is not that difficult if you take one step at a time.

Try it! It just makes sense!

To Your Sewing Success,



How To Shorten The Hem Of Cuffed Pants

- by Marian Lewis©2006

Marian Lewis - All Rights Reserved

1st Step To Sewing Success


To shorten the hem of pants with a cuff is easy if you follow these instructions:

First try on the pants to determine how much you need to shorten them. Measure both legs as one may be different from the other. Write down that number. Example: 3 inches.

Then, measure the depth of the pant cuff and write down that number. Example: 1-1/4 inches.

Next, release the stitching on each side of the cuff to drop it down.

Now, measure the depth of the total hem with the cuff turned down. Example: 2-1/4 inches. Write that down.

Remove the hem stitching and press the pants well with steam.

Note: White vinegar is great to set or remove a crease. Just paint it right on the crease and press with steam. It will clear your sinuses, too. Don't worry, you won't smell like a salad when you wear your pants.

Now, cut off the amount you determined that you needed to shorten the pants. The example was 3 inches.

Finish the new raw edge to keep from fraying. You can either serge or zigzag the edge whipstitch it or bind it with seam tape.

Then, press up your new hem the same amount as the original hem. The example was 2-1/4 inches.

Stitch the hem in place and press well.

Turn back the cuff the same as the original cuff. The example was 1-1/4 inches.

Press well.

Tack the cuff in place at the inseam and outseam of the pants.

Enjoy your shortened cuffed pants.

Try it! It just makes sense!


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Marian Lewis is a sewing instructor, author and creator of an amazing new fitting method for hard-to-fit sewing folks who want great fitting skirts and pants. In her mini-course ebook, she teaches step-by-step common sense techniques how to find out WHAT you really need, WHERE you really need it and HOW to apply that to a commercial sewing pattern.

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For information on the mini-course ebook:

"Common Sense Fitting Method For Hard-To-Fit Sewing Folks Who Want Great Fitting Skirts And Pants"

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"Sew A Tee Pee And Accessories For Your Tribe Of Kids"

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